[RC5] DES-Test, Day 2
William E. Powers
wepprop at orbitworld.net
Sun Jan 10 15:30:38 EST 1999
> My Intel Celeron 466 (overclocked) machine is about 500-600 times faster
> than 386SX-16, let it be 400 times faster than your 386-25 test machines.
> The total number of machines involved is something like 200,000. Even if
> there were 40,000 386s involved, they could have been replaced just by 100
> Pentium II-450s or 50 Dual PII-450s.
> If all the other (160,000) machines were at least 100 times more powerful,
> the contribution of 386s would be
> (40,000*1) / (160,000*100+40,000*1) * 100% = 0.249%
> Would it help the project a lot?
If the 386 is taking up, say a network drop, while a PII sits idle
nearby, then it's hurting. Yeah, right!
Otherwise, even if it only does one block a day, it's helping,
because that block wouldn't get done if the 386 was turned off.
Is it significant? Let's say there's 10,000 386's cracking one block
a day. That's 10,000 blocks a day, 3,650,000 a year, that would
be cracked later than necessary, and only because we insulted
their owners by dismissing their contribution.
If I had a 386 in my client pool, all I would do is to set the DES
buffers to 1:1 Heck, I do that with my slow P54C's!
wepprop at bigfoot.com
"I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases."
- Danny Dutton, age 8.
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